8602.0 - Tourism Newsletter, Mar 2008  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/04/2008   
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ABOUT OUR WORK - ABS Tourism Statistics
The role of a national statistics centre (NSC) and tourism statistics

The area of tourism falls within the responsibility of the ABS Goods and Services National Statistics Centre (NSC). This role includes:
  • representing the ABS at meetings and fora where tourism clients and stakeholders come together to discuss their information needs;
  • undertaking discrete analytical projects, such as developing national economic indicators of tourism;
  • keeping ABS web materials current and relevant;
  • contributing to ABS views on international standards and classifications relevant to tourism;
  • developing ways to improve communication with tourism stakeholders and clients;
  • assisting with the development of relevant ABS surveys by consulting with tourism stakeholders; and
  • monitoring developments and emerging issues in the tourism industry; and
Image: The front of ABS House
The work of the Goods and Services NSC is also intended to complement the activities of the many other parts of the ABS with a key role in tourism statistics. These other areas of the ABS include, for example, the Transport and Tourism Business Statistics Centre (BSC) based in Queensland, who produce Tourist Accommodation, Australia (ABS Catalogue No. 8635.0) , Demography, who produce the Overseas Arrivals and Departures statistics, the International Services and Investment BSC, who report on international trade between Australia and the rest of the world, and the researchers from National Accounts who compile the Australian Tourism Satellite Account. The Goods and Services NSC also receives information and statistics from other key players in the field of tourism statistics. For example, the surveys run and reported by Tourism Research Australia are of particular importance to tourism stakeholders and the ABS.